Hello and welcome to episode 0080 of Five in the Eye, Colourful Radio’s weekly round-up of the news. Can this really be the eightieth time we’ve selected five topical presents from under the Christmas tree and unwrapped them on air? This is me, Michael Ohajuru looking forward to another round of chat and analysis.
And this is Phil Woodford, joining Michael for 0080. We’re very glad you could be with us. So what’s on the agenda today, then?
Well, at number one, we’re talking about the astonishing revelations the CIA made about Russia’s involvement in the US presidential election. Allegations which have, of course, been dismissed by Vladimir Putin’s biggest fan - President Elect Donald J Trump.
The appointment of Exxon Mobil’s Rex Tillerson to the powerful position of Secretary of State is also highly significant, as he has strong business links with Russia and has been entertained by Putin on a number of occasions.
Story number two is about veteran activist Peter Tatchell staging a protest during a speech of his erstwhile ally Jeremy Corbyn. He - and fellow demonstrators - were highlighting Labour’s apparent silence on the terrible situation in Syria and more specifically Aleppo.
We’ve seen a humanitarian disaster unfold in that country, which has perhaps reached its peak in the past week. Very, very tragic.
For story number three, I have to ask you Phil, do you like a plate of good old-fashioned cod and chips? Perhaps with some mushy peas? If so, you’ll be disappointed to learn that overfishing and global warming may mean you’re more likely to be tucking into squid n chips in the future.
Hmm. A bit chewy for my tastes.
Story number four is about graduation ceremonies. Female students at Queens University in Belfast have been angered by the suggestion that they sometimes dress inappropriately for this landmark event.
They’ve been told they shouldn’t look like Kim Kardashian. I can tell you that I have graduated from two different universities and I definitely didn’t look like Kim Kardashian.
And finally, do you remember using phone boxes. If you’re thirty or so, perhaps you remember phone cards. If you’re 40 or 50, you’ll recall putting 2p and 5p in a slot to make a call.
And if you’re Michael’s age, you’ll remember ringing the operator and asking to be connected. Well, this week we learn that there are 45,000 old phone boxes still kicking around in the UK, but a third of them are going to go because they’re no longer used.
Hold the line caller! Just connecting you! And that’s this week’s Five in the Eye!